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Ottawa lifts state of emergency, 49 days after flood prep kicked into high gear

Mayor Jim Watson made the announcement at Wednesday morning's city council meeting.
Leo Lane in Cumberland, May 5, 2019. Jenn Pritchard/Ottawa Matters

A state of emergency for the City of Ottawa, issued during the floods, has been lifted. 

Mayor Jim Watson made the announcement at the start of the city council meeting on Wednesday. 

The state of emergency was declared on April 25. It allowed Ottawa to receive help from the Canadian Armed Forces as they dealt with the flooding in parts of the city. 

The city is now in recovery mode, however, its emergency operations centre remains open. 

They have also implemented a demobilization guide to oversee ongoing work in debris management, infrastructure services, building code services and well water testing. 

Watson thanked city staff, the Canadian Armed Forces, Team Rubicon, The Salvation Army, Samaritan's Purse, the Red Cross and Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue for their help. 

The mayor also thanked the 15,000 volunteers that came out to the affected communities and helped fill 1.5-million sandbags in order to protect local properties.




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